The 19th century was a period of widespread social, economical and political problems in the United States, from the 1890s to the 1920s in need of reform. Both parties were created by the people’s dissatisfaction with the government and its ability to appeal to the majority. The Populist movement was founded my farmers, laborers and middle class civilians that wanted government regulation in the economy, more authority in the government, educating immigrants, to prevent government corruption and high positions to be based on experience. The Progressive movement was caused corruption in politics, political machines, rapid urbanization and discrimination and equality. The Progressive movement was based on the idea that the government should have a more active role in solving economic ills.
Once reconstruction had been unraveled, Americans were eager to progress the United States and better this nation socially, politically and economically. Progressive People during this time desired to move from the original farming scenario, into more urban settings and city like areas. Some progressive people rejected social Darwinism and challenged the ideas of the Laissez-faire, and idolized the ideals of pragmatism—which is relying on human experience to define any truth—but that was just the beginning. Many of the progressivists wanted to reform the government and economic systems, due to accelerated urban growth and imbalance in economic power between the upper-class and the lower-class. Leaders like Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt are highly associated with aiding with these political issues of progressivism.
The industrial revolution was a time of immense progress. It marked an era of technological advancements and a changing society, yet also a period smeared with unfair and unsafe working conditions. The history is filled with stories of people suffering, being injured, and even dying, all in the process of creating goods for the changing consumer culture. Thousands looked past the suffering, condoled themselves with the goods they purchased at economical prices all at the expense of the working class, a class that had no other choice than to work in the dark, dangerous factories to feed their family. While the consumer culture in this time could look past the anguish of those in the working class, progressives could not.
The parents were the ones who sent them out for work. Why they had to do that was because they needed money. Even a few cents or few dollars was good enough to support the family. (Commission report pg23) This was what Angela wrote in her book that ‘children were at a particular stage in the family cycle where they were young and there were no breadwinners in the family to boost the family income’ (Angela V. John, pg118). However, after the report came out, the government took charge of being the agency for the children as it introduced compulsory education and set a minimum working age for the children.
Progressivism is a movement focused on rectifying politics, modernization, and justice for the American people. In the Progressive Era, the citizens had many important economic issues to address, such as exploitation of women and children, the advancement of scientific research, and the consequences of big businesses taking over the work force. On the legislative side, many issues such as corrupt political leaders, Americans being given the freedom the Constitution allows, as well as citizens voices being heard as far as political issues are concerned. The Progressives were motivated by corruption at the hands of the government, inequality for American citizens, and greed by larger companies. The Progressive Era accomplished many advancements such as growth on an economic and city population level, improvement in the industrial production, as well as development of the consumer marketplace.
I’ve been blessed to be able to retain information well except for math. Math was the subject where I had to study more than my other classes and nothing really clicked. In Prosper, 6th grade is the first year a student can take an advance class in English and/or math; I wanted to take both. My mom questioned my decision in taking Pre-AP math since I struggled in the past two years. She didn’t want to discourage me from enjoying and retaining it, but I was adamant about taking the class.
All ages got the enjoyment of life stolen from them in this rigid era. Lack of help would only ruin these people as well as the time period as a whole. Poverty wasn’t always a question, but came about with the increase of industrialism (Swisher 42). It was during the middle of Queen Victoria’s reign and was labeled England’s “biggest trouble” (Evans). The accumulation in population added on to the catastrophe by leaving more people to be replaced by machines and eventually become poor.
The Lower Class does not like the Higher Class because they do not include them in anything. The Lower Class also dislikes the Higher Class because they bully the Lower Class. The Higher Class bullies them because they are ugly, nerdy, and act differently than other kids. The Middle Class can also sometimes bully the Lower Class by saying that they are freaky. The Higher Class kids get along well until drama starts up about them.
Dystopia is evident in Metropolis and Things to Come. Second Slide: In Metropolis World War I was over but as a result of the bad economy, all was left was the two basic classes of people, which were the extremely wealthy and the extremely poor. This caused the Weimar Republic to experience widespread unemployment, hunger, and malnutrition. Dix shows us the differences in classes of the people in the Weimar Republic. By placing these three different classes right next to each other, Dix is showing the variation found in the quality of life between these groups.
The disadvantages listed above reveal two things. First, they show how the broader political, economic and environmental environment operating under the motive for capitalistic profit did not recognize the humanity or agency of workers to pursue their freedom. Second, they show that paid laborers were treated so harshly because the absence of laws or regulations that governed their employment relationship was spurred through a classist view of their social position. This classist view is exemplified in that most people did not trust the interests of the working poor since they held stereotypes that they were “murderers” or thieves and drunkards who were responsible for their social position. Laborers, especially common laborers, were forced to the expand with the immense movements westward and large-scale deforestation due to the profit found in exploiting these new forms of capital, ie the land.
The precipitous decline of the area’s manufacturing base resulted in a loss of a job that allow skilled union worker to have a middle class life in south central los Angeles . The service sector, which had long been dominated by unionized African Americans earning relatively high wages, so they replaced most black worker with newly arrived Mexican and Central American immigrant worker. Because they would work for lower wage and cause of their lack of knowledge of understanding and speaking English. Because of the widespread unemployment, poverty and street contributed to the rise of the street gangs in Los Angeles central, such as like Crips and Bloods because they need money to survive. Many immigrants like the Koreans